drought

Drought
2:05 pm
Tue December 18, 2012

Study: Midwest Drought Onset Faster Than First Thought

Farmers in the Midwest struggled through an extended drought this season, that researchers now say came on quicker than previously thought.
Credit Scott Olson/Getty Images

New research shows how quickly and dramatically plants in Wisconsin came under stress this year. 

According to the US Department of Agriculture, the drought that has afflicted much of the United States this year has been the most severe in at least 25 years. But the federal agency wants to do more than simply report the bad news.

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Drought
1:27 pm
Fri August 3, 2012

Farmers Share Water Woes at the State Fair

A cow slurps water from a bucket at the State Fair.

Visitors flocked to State Fair Park Thursday, where the annual fair began its 11-day run. Farmers from every county in Wisconsin are showing their livestock, in hopes of winning the Blue Ribbon. WUWM’s Marti Mikkelson found that one subject weighing heavily on many cattle owners’ minds is water.

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Drought
4:53 pm
Mon July 16, 2012

Farmers Hoping for Rain to Salvage Season

Corn farmers are worried that this year could be a total loss because of the extreme heat and dry conditions.

Farmers in southeastern Wisconsin are wondering just how bad this growing season will be – or what might be salvageable. The drought in southern Wisconsin last week intensified from moderate to severe. WUWM’s LaToya Dennis visited Rob -N-Cin’s Farm in West Bend.The family-owned farm tends around 400 dairy cows and raises crops - alfalfa, corn, soybeans and winter wheat. Son Rick Roden fears this season could be devastating.

Environment
4:09 pm
Thu June 28, 2012

Sizzling Temperatures and No Rain Stress Fields and Streams

UW Extension expert says corn and soybeans can hold on a little bit longer, but rain is critical to a successful crop.

Wisconsin residents will be looking for relief from blistering heat over the next couple of days.

Forecasters say temperatures could reach the “triple digits”.

WUWM Environmental Reporter Susan Bence looked into a couple of “non human” ecosystems to see how they might cope with this rough patch of weather.

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